Lepanthes whittenii Pupulin & Bogarín 2004

Photos by © Daniel Jimenez

Leaf and Flower

Photo by © Whitten, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Deep shade ColdSummer

Common Name or Meaning Whitten's Lepanthes [American Botanist at University of Florida Current]

Flower Size .12 to 2" [3 to 4 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in very wet montane forests at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 5, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic to orbicular, obtuse, abruptly narrowing into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a congested, distichous, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR Checked type OK; *Kew Bull. 59: 561. 2004. Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo fide